Employee Spotlight: Rachael DiJulio

Your Name & Store:

My name is Rachael DiJulio and I work at Denali Wakefield.

Hometown:

This question has always been so difficult for me to give a real answer to. My dad was a B52 pilot in the Air Force, so we moved around every year or so. By the time I was seven, I had lived in seven different places. So to answer this the way I always do, I was born in Merced, California, but I have lived in Wakefield, Rhode Island for the longest period of time.

How do you spend your days?

It truly depends on the day. Most days I am at Denali with my work family (seriously guys, the Wakefield staff is the best, and if you haven’t visited us yet, you’re missin’ out yo). When I’m not at Denali, I’m either studying for school, training for one of the two sports I am involved with, or taking the train to New Haven.

What are your hobbies?

I have been a competitive inline and short track speed skater my whole life. I had to stop short track a few years ago because of injuries and how unreasonable expensive ice time is. I do still compete on inlines though, and narrowly missed making the World Team last year. I also started shooting competitively in July of last year. So far I have only competed in Trap and Five Stand competitions, but I am training to start being competitive with Skeet and pistol as well.

The best meal I’ve ever had was?

Sorry in advance to all you vegetarians and vegans out there…. I swear I really do love animals! But the best meal I have ever had was breaded veal, roasted potatoes, roasted veggies, salad, and garlic bread. That might not sound too fancy to you all, but its more of a memory thing for me. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I was very close with him. Before he died, we would get together almost every Sunday and make this meal. He would go to New York and buy veal from this butcher who cut it paper thin, so when it was cooked you didn’t even need a knife to cut it. We would prep the food together, have a glass (more like a bottle) of wine, and just enjoy our day. The garlic bread was almost always burned, the salad never had enough vinegar, and the potatoes had more cheese than l potato, but the memories that went along with that meal are what make it my favorite.

What superhero power do you wish you had?

Besides the power to have any power I wanted? Maybe to grow and shrink on command. I’m pretty short and I almost always need to use a ladder when getting anything in the stock room.

Piece of gear that you couldn’t live without?

I have a few. My Marmot Tempo as absolutely been a lifesaver. It’s been perfect to train in, because it’s got great breathability and I don’t lose my range of motion. It is great to shoot in because it is so thin and again, it moves well. And it is awesome to layer with. My Marmot Lonestar has kept me incredibly warm the last few weeks without being bulky. And lastly, since I have so many problems with my feet, knees, back and hips from skating,  my Superfeet have really made it so I’m not I’m agony after being on my feet all day.

If you could be any animal what would you be?

Probably a giraffe. First off,  they’re so awkwardly adorable. I mean come on! Have you seen a giraffe run?  It’s majestic and hilarious all at the same time. Secondly, they’re the tallest living creatures on the planet and as I said before,  I’m pretty short.

Dream vacation?

I would love to backpack through Europe and end my trip in Pescara, Italy. That’s the town my family is from.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would the title be?

“The secret to life,  love,  cookies, going fast,  puppies, magic and reaching stuff on the top shelf”

Denali

Together Denali and Trailblazer have formed a family of independent outdoor stores located in New Haven, Branford, at Mohegan Sun and in Wakefield, RI. Our stores feature clothing, gear, and footwear from The North Face, Merrell, New Balance, Patagonia, Marmot, UGG, Horny Toad and more. We strive to fulfill all the outdoor needs of our customers with premier product selection as well as offering a vast knowledge of the industry. Visit Denali or Trailblazer today and find everything you need for your adventures.

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